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Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competitions

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Free to Enter.

Closing Date: Last day of every month.

We are looking for short stories (up to 3,000 words) or poetry (up to 40 lines). One entry per person, per month. You can resubmit your work every month if you wish.

Open to writers around the world, of any age. Entries should be in English and previously unpublished.

Email your short story or poem to
The subject line in the email should be “Creative Writing Ink Competition.” Please paste your entry into the body of an email, as we don’t accept attachments.

One overall winner will be selected every month and the winning entry will be published in our e-journal (with the winner’s permission).

The prize for April 2014 is £25.


Writing Prompts Competition

We run another writing competition and the closing date is the 31st of May 2014.

Again, it’s free to enter.

The prize is a £20 Creative Writing Ink voucher OR a book.

For further details on how to enter, please visit our Writing Prompts page.


Speaky Spokey Short Story Competition

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Speaky Spokey short story competition are looking for short stories on any theme and style.

The winner can read their story, or have it read at the next Speaky Spokey on the 23rd of May.

Stories should be under 2,000 words and must be unpublished.

Judge: Lizzie Enfield.

The competition closes on the 2nd of May 2014.

More over on their Facebook page.

Sixfold Writing Competition

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Sixfold writing competition are looking for short stories and poems. The competition closes on the 23rd of April.

Every writer who uploads a manuscript votes to choose the prize-winning manuscripts and all of the short stories and poetry published in each issue.

Prizes: $1,000, $200, $100.

It costs $3 to enter.

More here.

Wirral Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Wirral Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition will close on the 1st of June 2014.

Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.

Colin Watts, poet and playwright will judge the competition entries.

The prizes are; £250, £75, £25. There’s also a local prize for a Wirral poet, which is £25.

It costs £4 per entry, or £10 for three entries.

More over on their website.

Txt Lit Competition

Friday, April 4th, 2014

To enter the Txt Lit competition, from your mobile phone, text the keyword, STORY followed by a space and then your micro story to 82085 in no more than 154 further characters. This will include spaces and punctuation.

Each entry costs £1 and the normal cost of a text message charged by your network provider. You can submit as many entries as you wish.

Your entry shouldn’t include abbreviated language associated with text messages, like “wud” or “gr8″, etc. unless it’s integral to the story.

The competition runs every month. The theme for this month is “America” and the competition will close on April 30th 2014.

The winner will receive £50.

More here.

2014 NANO Prize

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The 2014 NANO prize awards publication and $500 to a work of fiction of 300 words or less. Your competition entry should be previously unpublished. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction.

There will be one winner of the competition, but all submitted entries will be considered for publication.

Entry Fee: $15 for up to three shorts.

Deadline: September 1st 2014.

Click here to find out more about what the judges are looking for and information on how to enter.


Felixstowe Book Festival Competition

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Felixstowe Book Festival, in collaboration with Suffolk Magazine, is looking for short stories on the theme of ‘conflict’. Stories should be 1500-1800 words. You can interpret the theme in any way you wish.

Prize: First is £50 and the winning story will be published in Suffolk Magazine (if the story is considered to be suitable for readership). The winner will also receive a free twelve-month subscription.
There will be two runner up prizes who will each receive a £10 book token. All three winners will have an opportunity to share their stories at the festival on the 29th of June 2014.

An entry fee of £5 is required (by cheque).

The competition closes on the 26th of April 2014 and the competition entries will be judged by the editor of Suffolk Magazine and Andrew Clarke Arts Editor of the East Anglia Daily Times.

Open to writers aged 18 or over.

More here.

2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The 2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize closes on the 25th of July 2014.

It’s open to writers around the world who have not yet published a complete book.

There are three categories; Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Entry Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.

A max of five poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000 words.

Prizes: The winner in each category will receive £300 and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

More information available here.

Creative Writing Ink February Winner

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

We received a record number of entries in February and it looks like March will be even higher!

Many thanks to everyone who submitted a competition entry. Owen Townend was the winner for our February competition for “Cleanse the Palate.” Shortlisted entries: Molly Hope, Jillian Becker, Nora Hegarty, Marie Thiemann, Ashling Buggle, Holly-Platt Higgins, Tsariye Doro.

Our March competition is still open and closes on the 31st.

Poetry Prose Flash Fiction Contest

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The Poetry Prose Flash Fiction Contest closes soon on March 31st.

It’s free to enter. Send 500 words or less of prose, poetry, or flash fiction to match the video by filmmaker Marc Neys (aka Swoon).

Prize: The submission that best suits the video by Swoon will be selected by a panel of judges (seven judges) to be recorded, added to the video, and showcased on Awkword Paper Cut, including airplay on their podcast. The winning submission will also receive membership to The Film Movement’s Film of the Month Club.

To find out more and to see the video, check out this link.